As a student, you couldn’t be in a better city to enjoy the build-up to Christmas. Manchester offers a wide range of activities for students to enjoy during the Christmas season. From exploring the city’s rich history to indulging in festive food and drink, here are 10 festive things (handpicked from the team here at Luxome to do in Manchester for students this Christmas.
Visit the Manchester Christmas Markets:
Celebrating their 25th year in 2023, the hundreds of stalls that make up Manchester’s Christmas Markets will open up across the city centre between November 10 and December 21. Enjoy the festive atmosphere, delicious food, and unique gifts.
Take a CityDays Treasure Hunt:
Solve location-based clues leading to secret locations, fantastic pub/cafe stops, and fascinating stories to explore. The tour is an outdoor activity, which is similar to an escape room, but out in the city.
Explore the Manchester Art Gallery:
See the collection at the Manchester Art Gallery, which houses over 25,000 objects of fine art, decorative art, and costume.
Go on a Free Walking Tour:
Book some free walking tours to see centuries of political history, offbeat art, musical hotspots, and more, while your guide gives you the rundown on the Manchester knowledge you may not know!
Skate at the Ice Village:
Enjoy a festive ice-skating experience at the Ice Village, which features an ice rink, ice sculptures, and a winter wonderland.
Visit the Alan Turing Memorial:
Pay homage to the famous mathematician and computer scientist at the Alan Turing Memorial, located in Sackville Park.
Indulge in Festive Food and Drink:
Try the classic bratwurst and mulled wine at the Christmas Markets, or head to King Street for pop-ups from restaurants such as El Gato Negro, which will be serving tapas with a festive twist.
See a Christmas Show:
Catch a performance of a Christmas show at one of Manchester’s many theatres, such as The Bridgewater Hall or the Manchester Opera House.
Explore the Working Class Movement Library:
Discover the archives at The Working Class Movement Library, which documents the history of the working class movement in the UK.
Take a Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus Tour:
Get on and off as often as you like and explore the city at your own pace. See the Town Hall, National Football Museum, Old Trafford Stadium, and many more Manchester attractions.